Thanks to its unrivalled magnification ratio, is there anything Olympus’ latest M.Zuiko optic can’t shoot?
Olympus has set a new standard with the release of its M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 lens. This wide-angle telephoto zoom boasts a mighty 16.6x zoom which – in case you’re wondering – is the highest magnification ratio of an interchangeable zoom lens designed for a mirrorless camera. To put that into perspective, that’s a mighty 24-400mm in 35mm terms!
The result is an incredibly versatile item of kit. And indeed, Olympus has recommended the 12-200mm lens for use when taking landscape, street and portrait photos. However, we reckon you’d be able to take some stunning wildlife and sports images too, making this a fine pairing for the recently announced Olympus OM-D E-M1X. If that wasn’t enough, the lens’ minimum focus distance is approximately 10cm, so you’ve the opportunity to take some close-up shots too.
As you’d expect from a micro-four-thirds optic, Olympus’ 12-200mm features a very compact design. The lens’ diameter is 77.55mm, its length is a mere 99.7mm and it weighs just 455g. This small stature is ideal for photographers on the move, and with a body that's dust, splash and freezeproof, you’ve peace of mind when shooting in adverse weather conditions.
Beneath the optic’s weather-sealed exterior you’ll find both super ED (extra-low dispersion) and aspherical lenses. In addition, Olympus’ ZERO (Zuiko Extra-Low Reflection Optical) coating helps to reduce ghosting and flare, which should result in a crisper photo. If you’re planning on capturing fast-moving subjects, you’ll make use of what Olympus is calling an MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) focus mechanism. This internal mechanism focuses by moving a lightweight lens, so expect high-speed autofocus performance.
Olympus’ M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 is a small lens with a big magnification ratio, and it looks to be an enticing option for anyone who enjoys working across a range of genres. We’re expecting this lens to be available around late March.